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Several details about the upcoming twelfth season of American Idol have surfaced and confirm that Randy Jackson will not be at the judge’s table when the show returns. He’ll still have a presence, however.

Jackson will serve as a mentor once the contestants hit the later rounds of the show.

In addition, TMZ says that Nicki Minaj’s deal is 99% complete. Producers are particularly excited about her potential inclusion on the show, as Mariah Carey (who is the only confirmed judge so far) has allegedly expressed her dismay of working with her.

There will be four personalities at the judges table this upcoming season, but there’s no word yet on who will fill them. It’s been reported that at least one will be taken by a country music performer.

Jackson had been a judge on the show since its inception in 2002 when it was him, Simon Cowell, and Paula Abdul. The three were the sole judges for eight seasons.

  • Jeff Dodge

    Even though he’s still on the show, at least he’s not a judge anymore. The truth is that most Idol fans wanted him off that panel years and years ago. And it’s finally happening. I’m guessing that he’ll be in the mentor role for at least one year then leave entirely.

  • Andrew_ww

    The truth is the show is basically over but they are going to stretch it out for as long as possible.

  • Rumbleroar Luna

    not Nicki Minaj. I don’t even really watch it anymore (who does?) besides auditions but not. Nicki. Minaj.

  • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    After this season, they might as well just end. Adding Nicki Minaj is just not going to work out. Haven’t watched it for a few years and wouldn’t even dare watching it again. Especially since Nicki Minaj will be on.

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    Nicki Minaj shouldn’t be judging anything, she can’t sing. They might as well end the show

    • Megan

      Well, she’s not a singer.. she’s a rapper. Rap is a strong part of the music industry that American Idol terribly under represents.

  • Jonathan

    Here’s a thought Fox executives-

    Cancel the damn show and cut your losses!

  • Jeff Dodge

    I find it funny that everyone is the comments here is saying that FOX should cut its losses and just cancel Idol. And that shows why the people at FOX are the ones in charge and not you all, because you know how big a hit FOX would take if they ended Idol right now? Even though the ratings aren’t as high as they used to be and etc etc, it’s still a #1 show. No network executive in their right mind would cancel it right now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKZIG7MXV2IMZZ3JDKGSNMJ2RE Chris

    Oy. Can they just stop all this and announce the complete panel all at once? Dang

    • Jeff Dodge

      Technically, they haven’t officially announced anybody except Mariah. So even though Nicki is being hired and Randy is no longer a judge, it’s essentially inside sources leaking it all to the press.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    I’m so, so sad that Randy is leaving! I liked having one original still on the show. However, I’m excited for Nicki Minaj! I think she’ll be great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    Oh God, why her??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607519910 Catherine Lai

    The three were the sole judges for eight seasons” is wrong. Kara DioGuardi joined in season 8.

    Also, after watching for the last nine years, I’m officially quitting American Idol.

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